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Horseshoe Lake Paddle, AZ
mini location map2017-04-02
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Horseshoe Lake Paddle, AZ 
Horseshoe Lake Paddle, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Apr 02 2017
chumley
Kayak17.01 Miles 466 AEG
Kayak17.01 Miles   5 Hrs   53 Mns   2.89 mph
466 ft AEG
 
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After seeing the crazy winter runoff release from the dam and recent reports from the Dude, Droog, and Eartheist, I figured I should get out and enjoy a day on the lake.

The release was 600 cfs today, with a lake level of 2021, just 5 feet below full. It looked like it had been about 3 feet higher based on the rocks and foliage I paddled past. I saw one kayak, one canoe, one rowboat, and a fishing boat with a motor over the course of my 6 hours on the lake.

I turned around on the north end before I needed to. A little recon on the map after and I think I could have made it about 1.5 miles farther before the flat lake water would have ended. I'd be curious to know if I could make it the additional 1.5 miles upstream on the Verde to Sheep Bridge. It looks like that distance only rises about 10 feet, so the river current might not be too tough to paddle up.

Perhaps I'll try that sometime on a more direct route. As it turned out, the 17 miles of paddling was a pretty long day. Winds picked up later in the day and made for just a little extra effort to move across the water.

Saw a couple of huge and very active bees nests on the chalk cliffs up north. Probably a dozen herons, a few ducks, countless black duck-like things with white heads, signs of an active beaver at the top of the lake, and the surprise of the day ... two ELK cows just east of the dam! Definitely my lowest elevation elk sightings. I was hoping to see the new kangaroos, but no luck there.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate

dry Deadman Creek Dry Dry

dry Hell Canyon Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Horseshoe Reservoir 76-100% full 76-100% full

dry Lime Creek Dry Dry

dry Mullen Wash Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Verde River at Horseshoe Campground Light flow Light flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Verde River at Mesquite Campground Medium flow Medium flow
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